My name is Deborah Gottardi.  I am so excited to be returning to my old position of Director of First Steps.  

My education consists of a BS degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  A Master’s Degree in Education with concentration in Reading.  And finally I have an Administration Certificate which enables me to be an Elementary Principal.  

Before moving to Horry County in 2000, I was the Principal of Dwight D Eisenhower Elementary School in Indiana Pennsylvania for 10 years.  

Family is so important.  I am a wife, a Mom and a Grammie.  I have 2 sons and a daughter and 7 grandchildren.  Two of my grandchildren are past alumni of First Steps.  My favorite color is blue and I love to collect Boyd’s Bears.  Most days I will be exercising in my pool or doing gardening.